We have been going to great wolf Lodge in Traverse City for about 5 years now. We usually go twice a year. Once at the start of winter and once at the end of winter. This year we went a little late by going in March. But, it seems that this hotel is starting to age. They celebrated their 9th anniversary when we were there but, it seemed older than that. Our room smelled a bit of mildew. Not to strong but noticeable. The first time that has happened to us.
The food their is always just okay so we just order a pizza. It was as good as one might expect hotel pizza to be at a water park resort. The kids loved it the adults..... Well we did not hate it but, it was not much better than standard delivery pizza.
The Magic Quest game had some broken places including one of the major areas. My daughter was disappointed that she was not able to complete her "Quest" because that area was broken for two days. Again this is the first time I have ever seen the game have issues in all of the times we have been there. Which, as you might gather, is quite a few times.
Also, they seemed to have some new rules in the water park that required my kids to get measured when they enter the water park. They are given a bracelet to determine what water slides they can use. We accidentally cut in front of some lady and her kids who I thought was just standing there twinking around, my apologies to whoever you are. They claim they have had this measuring process in place for some time but since this is the first time they have implemented it with my family I am going to call that questionable. Fortunately, my kids 4 and 6, are the same height so they could both go on all of the rides. But, I could see how mad I would be if they measured them at different heights and my 4 year old could not ride the same slides as the 6 year old. Happened to some people behind us and I listened to the younger child crying. I know for me that would have been a battle the entire time we were there, 3 days. I understand the need for safety I do. I did some life guarding earlier in my life so I get it. But, I am just saying that as a parent traveling to a place that is for kids, if I had to spend my entire weekend explaining why they can not ride the ride they want, that may change my mind about wanting to come back. Also, maybe it is time to expand the water park a bit. There are much larger parks just over in the Wisconsin Dells.
Our interactions with the staff were good but limited. We met the story time lady in the elevator one day, they do a big story reading at night where all of the kids come down in the pajamas and wolfey and violet, mascots in wolf costumes, read a story in front of an animatronic tree. She was super nice and made my daughter feel special which was super important for me. After all we are going there for them. If we were going for me it would not be to an indoor water park.
The only other bummer was that they had to shut down two different pools while we were there because somebody's kid took a dump in the water. While not optimal i do appreciate that they shutdown the pools and add chemicals etc rather than just removing the evidence and trying to forget about it. But, maybe rather than focus on height for water slides they should focus on which kids need to wear swimmy diapers.
But all in all the trip was fun. I think they should consider doing some repairs, cosmetic and otherwise, to the resort and that might go a long way to making it feel as new and fresh as it did when we first started coming there.
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